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      03-14-2013, 05:47 PM   #133
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Latest on Pricing announced

http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/m...315-2g4ba.html


At the other end of the scale, Mercedes-Benz has also confirmed a razor-sharp entry into the compact segment with its A45 AMG - the companyís first four-cylinder hot hatch - which will go on-sale in September at $74,900, packing not only the most powerful four-cylinder production engine in the world but also a long list of standard equipment.

The fiesty, five-door hatch has a 250kW turbo 2.0-litre engine, lightweight all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch auto that all combine to propel it to 100km/h in 4.6sec.

Adding to its performance, it will ride on 19-inch alloy wheels and have the Performance Exhaust, Driverís Package and Performance seats as standard fitment, along with a panorama sunroof, radar cruise control and Harmon Kardon Logic 7 audio.

Mercedes-Benz Australia is already holding over 100 deposits for the A45 AMG, and expects demand will outstrip supply for at least 12 months.

See my post #128 above, more granular info too
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      03-14-2013, 08:40 PM   #134
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Re the A250 it doesn't phase me TBH I've got other vehicles. This one ticks the boxes at the moment so am happy to go with it.

The A45 will be a cracker I'd have no issue buying without a test drive.
+1 especially for a daily
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      03-15-2013, 07:55 AM   #135
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The specs on this new Merc are astonishing! I'm very impressed about the lack of turbo lag for such a high power output. Would love to take one of these on a test drive to feel the full 26psi AMG pull!
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      03-15-2013, 02:15 PM   #136
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Went to THE Canberra dealer yesterday to enquire about the A45.

No discounts at all, not 1c, November/December delivery.

They didn't know anything about standard kit or spec, I showed them Ausmotive.com hahaha
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      03-16-2013, 05:48 AM   #137
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a mate has put down a deposit on the a45. he is #5 on the list, delivery in sept. he will finalise colours and options as soon as they become avail.
funnily enough he has a 2008 335 convertible that he cant move, had it for sale for about a year now. and its priced near the bottom of the carsales pile.
he said his options r to trade it in or cut the guts out of it when the a45 gets nearer to being delivered
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      03-18-2013, 06:45 AM   #138
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$75k? That's extremely good value for its performance and badge!

Makes me wonder how good the new C63 will be.
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      03-19-2013, 10:28 PM   #139
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CLA45

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      03-19-2013, 11:31 PM   #140
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Be a tough choice..between this new and a second hand c63 when the time comes... Big fan of the styling.
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      03-20-2013, 01:28 AM   #141
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Be a tough choice..between this new and a second hand c63 when the time comes... Big fan of the styling.
Always buy the latest toys
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      03-20-2013, 02:23 AM   #142
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Be a tough choice..between this new and a second hand c63 when the time comes... Big fan of the styling.
Always buy the latest toys
Darn auto spell checker... I am sure you meant "louder"...not "latest"
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      03-20-2013, 02:53 AM   #143
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So..... Opins on the sedan version are?



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      03-20-2013, 03:07 AM   #144
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Even better than the A45 and I liked it.
No pre-order for me but will definitely be taking a look at it when it hits the showrooms.

I saw a new A class on the road today and its prettier than the 1-series hatch.

Is the CLA supposed to compete with the 4-series? Size wise it's more a fit for a 3 or 4 series, not the 1-2 series.
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      03-20-2013, 03:45 AM   #145
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I actually dont mind the sedan (it reminds me of the suzuki kizashi for some strange reason) and the interior looks great.

Easy choice with picking the sedan over the boy racer type hatch imo
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      03-21-2013, 07:49 PM   #146
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A45 is a FWD layout car with a transverse 4cyl engine ahead of the front axle. IMO, it would be wise to drive one before signing on the dotted line. Does the potential for excessive understeer not concern anyone?
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      03-21-2013, 10:00 PM   #147
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A45 is a FWD layout car with a transverse 4cyl engine ahead of the front axle. IMO, it would be wise to drive one before signing on the dotted line. Does the potential for excessive understeer not concern anyone?
That is interesting. Wonder if it will be more like and Audi TT S/RS which by all accounts understeer and aren't that exciting too drive.

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      03-21-2013, 10:39 PM   #148
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So..... Opins on the sedan version are?



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its better, i would be worried about resale value of these, has the screaming whistling engine sound been cleared up yet
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      03-21-2013, 11:11 PM   #149
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A45 is a FWD layout car with a transverse 4cyl engine ahead of the front axle. IMO, it would be wise to drive one before signing on the dotted line. Does the potential for excessive understeer not concern anyone?
This....it's not like its an amazing car that you'd buy before driving...madness.
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      03-21-2013, 11:35 PM   #150
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Before you commit to a deposit I would drive the car first. Numbers on paper are only one aspect. More importantly how does the engine behave, dynamics etc... I know of three people who bought cars on emotion based on paper reviews and found they were disappointed. Two of those cars were the mk6 golf R, the other was a TTS.
Beware of the hype.
+1 My dad was one of them too!! he bought the Golf R before testing it and he is trying to like the car but it's just not good enough... too much LAG he says compared to n54
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      03-22-2013, 01:15 AM   #151
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The biggest positive out of this new duet is that it will wake the other two Germans, BMW and Audi. At $83k recommended retail drive away AND loaded to the hilt with stuff for an AMG, not some S Or Mx35i wannabe, it is in my view awesome, bring em on!
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      03-22-2013, 01:24 AM   #152
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The biggest positive out of this new duet is that it will wake the other two Germans, BMW and Audi. At $83k recommended retail drive away AND loaded to the hilt with stuff for an AMG, not some S Or Mx35i wannabe, it is in my view awesome, bring em on!
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      03-22-2013, 01:32 AM   #153
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I much prefer the CLA45 styling. I'm not actually a fan of the A45. The rear kind of looks like the cross between a corolla and an audi.
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      03-22-2013, 03:23 AM   #154
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The CLA AMG looks fantastic but I dont think I could shell out for an A45 AMG, but it is a hot hatch. There is a bigger difference in looks between the CLA AMG and A45 AMG than the 135i and 335i. I'm sure my perception will change when I see the performance and numbers the A45 AMG puts down. I know the faster me 135i gets the more desirable and sexy it becomes in my eyes, lol.
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